Mark Humphrey / AP
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 7:01 p.m.
NEW YORK — The CMT Audio Awards are drunk on Little Massive Town’s “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.”
The new music online video for the place foursome’s hit tune won the very first award at Wednesday night’s show — duo/group online video of the 12 months.
“This is brilliant. Initially of all, we’re again and generating new music men and women,” Kimberly Schlapman yelled, referring to the pandemic.
“I know you like drinking music,” Karen Fairchild added.
The party airing from Nashville, Tennessee, kicked off with a collaborative performance by Girl A with Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell, and extra will be part of forces onstage. The icon Gladys Knight and Mickey Guyton will execute jointly whilst Chris Stapleton and fellow guitar slayer H.E.R. are established to rock out at the awards present celebrating the year’s finest place tunes films.
Other collaborative performances consist of Carrie Underwood with rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Ingrid Andress with pop singer-songwriter JP Saxe, Kane Brown with Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini will Paul Klein from LANY, Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, and Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi.
Brown and Ballerini are hosting the present, which will honor functions in country tunes but will also share its stage with pop and R&B stars, together with Pink, John Legend, Halsey and Noah Cyrus.
Legend is nominated for online video of the 12 months for his appearance on Underwood’s “Hallelujah,” though Keith Urban and Pink’s “One Way too Lots of” will also contend for the major prize. Both equally video clips are also nominated for collaborative video of the calendar year.
And acts like Halsey, Cyrus, rock-pop singer Elle King and brooding singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff are nominated for awards primarily based on collaborations with nation acts.
Fourteen films were being initially in contention for video of the calendar year, but CMT narrowed it down to four films Wednesday. Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful” and Ballerini’s “hole in the bottle” round out the nominees, and the two stars will host the supporter-voted clearly show and carry out.
Guyton — who is nominated for two awards — will not only sing with Knight, she’ll also complete with BRELAND and current the CMT Equivalent Perform Award to Linda Martell, one of the pioneering Black functions in place audio and the 1st Black lady to perform solo at the Grand Ole Opry. The 86-year-outdated released the album “Color Me Country” in 1970, and the title observe — a place cover of The Winstons’ R&B strike — grew to become her biggest strike-to-date on the Billboard place audio charts, achieving No. 22.
Other performers include things like Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett, even though Anthony Mackie, Fast paced Philipps, Minor Huge City, Michael Strahan and Trace Adkins will existing awards.
Both of those Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett were being initially set to perform at the CMT Awards but backed out.